The Free Church of Scotland was pleased to welcome Rev. Martin H. Paterson as the newest minister to the denomination during Wednesday night's Commission of Assembly.
The Commission wholeheartedly endorsed the application of Mr Paterson, formerly of the United Free Church of Scotland.
Assembly Clerk Rev. Callum Macleod said, "We are pleased to welcome Mr Paterson as a minister of the Free Church of Scotland. We pray that God will bless him and his family as he continues to serve the Lord under the banner of Overseas Missionary Fellowship (OMF). We trust that God will continue to guide him in all aspects of his gospel ministry in the future."
Mr Paterson is currently the Scottish representative for OMF. He previously served for 3 years as minister of Stonehouse Paterson United Free Church of Scotland, South Lanarkshire.
He is married to Jennifer, who also works with OMF International, and they have two young children, Sophia and Joshua.
The Patersons presently worship with Cumbernauld Free Church and have a missionary interest in East Asia.
Mr Paterson said, "I am delighted to be welcomed into the Free Church as a minister and look forward to serving together in the growth of the kingdom of God here and among East Asia’s peoples."
[Image: Rev. Martin H. Paterson (L) - Rev. Angus MacRae (Moderator) (R)]